Opinion

Liberals Against Freedom of Conscience

National Columnists

Why is it considered "liberal" to compel others to say or fund things they don't believe? That's a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it's a puzzling development for those of us old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech -- even advocacy of sedition ...

Positive economic numbers not trickling down yet

Editorials

While the federal government parades around positive top-sheet economic numbers, any trickle-down effect appears to have failed to reach Minot. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce issued its August Minot/Ward County Economy at a Glance study last week and there are few items to prompt an ...

CNN pits Lebron James against Trump

National Columnists

Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on "CNN Tonight" on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could've ended there, focused just on that. But you knew it wouldn't. Because, as ...

Trump and Sulzberger on media bias

National Columnists

Every president since George Washington has suffered from a critical press. John F. Kennedy canceled all White House subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune because of coverage he regarded as unfavorable. President Obama, who was almost universally adored by mainstream media, sometimes ...

Pioneer Village dispute was never going to end well

Editorials

While the specifics to the conclusion of the conflict between the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society was a debate in which many indulged, the philosophical outcome never quite seemed mysterious – one way or another, it wasn’t going to end well. And so it appears ...

Big ideas, big results

Community Columnists

North Dakotans have benefited greatly over the last decade by the world class oil play in the Bakken. As revenues began rolling in from oil taxes, the Republican led legislature, along with the voters, put various funds into place to make sure that the money was both spent responsibly and saved ...

Fighting ‘Godless Communism’ in North Dakota

Community Columnists

The Air Force plane drifted down to the tarmac of Osan Air Base in South Korea, sidled up the ramp and open the cargo bay. Fifty-five service members respectfully brought out the remains of 55 soldiers who had lost their lives in the Korean Conflict It took 75 years for them to come ...

Dems’ make-work plans will cost you big

National Columnists

Friday morning, 26-year-old software developer David Casarez put on a shirt and tie, grabbed his homemade cardboard sign saying "Homeless -- Hungry 4 Success -- Take a Resume" and positioned himself at an intersection in Mountain View, California. A passerby posted his photo on Twitter. Within ...

Trump sabotaged by his own lawyer

National Columnists

In the past week, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now the chief lawyer and principal spokesman for President Donald Trump's legal team, has offered arguments more harmful to Trump than helpful. In a series of combative, disjointed and logically challenged television rants, Giuliani has ...

Good news from Park Board

Editorials

The news that property owners shouldn’t see a tax increase with next year’s proposed $11.16 million budget for the Minot Park District comes as good news and relief for local taxpayers who, by now, are getting used to some pretty grim news on the tax front. The county has already ...

Will Russia back the Democrats in 2018 midterms?

National Columnists

"I'm very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election," President Trump tweeted last week. "Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don't want ...

City correct to wait on economic development plan

Editorials

The City of Minot deserves a lot of credit for moving ahead on addressing old problems, taking up and resolving issues and setting an agenda for the city in a timely fashion. This has been a hallmark since Tom Barry became city manager and it has been one of the most optimistic analyses of the ...

Working for tips

National Columnists

Union protestors and celebrity advocates have decided that waiters' tips aren't big enough. They are upset that in 43 states, tipped workers can be paid a lower minimum wage, as low as $2.13 an hour. Not fair! say celebrities like Jane Fonda, who recorded commercials saying, "That's ...

Dangerous animal ordinance not perfect yet

Editorials

There are any number of philosophical and principled debates in which people can engage in regard to the City of Minot’s proposed dangerous animal ordinance. The same would be true whether the currently proposed plan is passed or not. However, as currently construed, the proposed ordinance ...

Free Valentino Dixon

National Columnists

"If it wasn't for my artwork and God, there's no way we'd be having this conversation right now." I'm in Colorado on a three-way phone call with Valentino Dixon, inmate No. 91B1615 at New York's Wende Correctional Facility, and his 27-year-old daughter, Tina Dixon, a first-grade teacher in ...

Lend your creativity to a cause

Editorials

The opportunity to express one’s creativity at the same time one collaborates on a tremendous good deed doesn’t come around that often. But that’s exactly what Habitat for Humanity-Northern Lights is giving people a chance to do – show off their creativity while supporting ...

I have a theory.

National Columnists

When people lose faith in institutions (political parties, organized religion, etc.) they don’t become cynics or nihilists, they simply transfer their faith to people. Specifically, two kinds of people: themselves and charismatic celebrities. The first category seems rather obvious to me. ...

Some ideas to think about

National Columnists

Poverty is no mystery, and it’s easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is ...

NDSF attendance a source of optimism

Editorials

A still questionable economy, rough year on agriculture families, increased taxes – none of these things pointed to the probability of increased participation in the North Dakota State Fair. Yet with the fair just a couple of days from its closing day and the early numbers are most ...